10 photos to inspire you to visit Herald Island

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Just 25km from Central Auckland you will find Herald Island.  This picturesque little island is accessible by road (via a causeway) and is just a 2km stroll to circumnavigate.  It’s impossibly beautiful and with not a footpath in sight it doesn’t feel like it is in Auckland at all.

Herald Island causeway

I rediscovered Herald Island when doing a photo shoot for a family who lived on the island last year.  Since then it’s become a favourite spot to take families for portraits with the a large red shed down at the wharf that provides shelter from the rain as well as a brilliant frame for family shots.

Herald Island Red Shed

Outside of the shed the dingy’s lined up make an absolutely perfect backdrop for family photos.

Herald Island Dingy

The red shed is also home to local Herald Island cat Gunniess who is cared for by the Herald Island community.

Kind of heart warming eh.  But then everything about this spot feels welcoming.  From the sign on the domain that literally says “All Welcome” to the old phone booth that doubles as a community library – inviting everyone to take a book.

Herald Island library

And where else in Auckland can you take the kids for a swing (or jump on yourself for that matter) with a view like this?

Christmas Beach Herald Island

And the views around the island are genuinely stunning.  From looking out through the boats at the Greenhithe bridge….

Herald Island

To calm flat water that makes it almost impossible to see where the land stops and the sky begins.

Herald IslandWith loads of places for a quiet picnic or just to reflect on life.

Herald IslandAnd if you happen to arrive on a foggy Auckland morning you will be treated to some spectacular views as the fog hangs around the tips of the trees.

So head out for a morning or a day and explore Herald Island.



Cat is one half of Getting Lost. She met James (the other half of Getting Lost) when she was 12 when she was camping over summer holidays. They were best friends for 25 years before finally getting together and now they live together with her 2 daughters and his daughter. Getting Lost is their story of the amazing spots they discover around this beautiful country of ours - both together and with the kids, as well as how they are making their way through blended family life. They would love it if you would join them for the ride.

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